Press release - AP043(2013)

Internet: right of access, security and politics to be the focus of PACE Culture Committee meeting

Strasbourg, 07.3.2013 – The Internet and the new challenges it involves as well as youth policies are to be the focus of the meeting being held in Paris on 11 and 12 March by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media.

On 11 March, two exchanges of views will be held in connection with the preparation of the reports by Jaana Pelkonen (Finland, EPP/CD) on “The right to Internet access” and by Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD) on “Improving user protection and security in cyberspace”. A hearing is scheduled on the theme of the report by Anne Brasseur (Luxembourg, ALDE) on “Internet and politics: the impact of new information and communication technology on democracy”. International experts and professionals from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and the United Kingdom will take part in the three debates.

The following day, the committee is due to vote on the report by Polonca Komar (Slovenia, ALDE) on “Young Europeans: an urgent educational challenge”, which highlights the practices to be followed so that education fosters both access to employment and personal development. In this context, a draft resolution and a draft recommendation will be discussed.

The committee will also consider the report and the draft recommendation by Michael Connarty (United Kingdom, SOC) on “Young people’s access to fundamental rights”, which calls for more proactive youth policies and proposes that a specific legal instrument on young people’s rights be drawn up at European level.

Three other exchanges of views are planned the same day. The first will address the issue of identities and diversity within multicultural societies. It will be followed by exchanges on Europe’s endangered heritage and then with Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary General of Europa Nostra, on co-operation with that organisation.

Draft agenda (PDF)

The meeting is open to the press and will take place at the Council of Europe Office, 55 avenue Kléber, Paris 16 (metro Boissière). Tel. +33 (0)1 44 05 33 60

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